Board of Directors




Carol Fetherston



Opera is an art form that has the ability to reach the deepest parts of the human spirit through the beauty of the human voice and great dramatic works.

As the President of Opera Nanaimo, it is been my dream since 2013, to build a company in the mid-Island region that will give pleasure to audiences here for many years to come and give opportunities for talented singers to perform.

With a masters degree in music and a past career as a performer, I hope to use my knowledge and experience to support this vision and build for the future.

Opera Nanaimo has a new and musically knowledgeable board that is committed to seeing this vision for the future move ahead. I look forward to working with them to build a strong and exciting company in the future.

For further information on Carol as a voice teacher and coach contact the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music at



Wendy Alexander

Vice President


Canadian soprano, Wendy Alexander, is very happy to be part of the board of Nanaimo Opera. Her musical studies took her abroad where she had the wonderful experience of learning from some of the great masters of voice, including Monserrat Caballé, Edda Moser, Marilyn Horne, and Maestro Cordeiro Opa.  Her repertoire covers a variety of roles including Abigaille in Nabucco, Rosalinda  in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, and Mimi in La Boheme.  While studying in Rome she also worked as music director for Arts in English, for shows such as Cabaret and My Fair Lady; and for John Cabot University was vocal coach for the Dramatix productions during that time. Wendy is looking forward to all the possibilities ahead with Opera Nanaimo!





Shante van Horlick

Board Secretary


As an Opera Nanaimo board member, I hope to build opportunities to bring opera to Nanaimo and showcase this beautiful art form. As a singer with a bachelor’s in music specializing in opera and many years of experience as a music teacher, I am also invested in an outreach program that will educate today’s youth about opera and create opportunities for young singers to be a part of productions and singing opportunities.

I am excited to be a part of this company and working towards a successful future.

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Michael MacKinnon



While on the Opera Nanaimo board, it is my aim to explore innovative methods of sharing this art form with audiences both old and new. It is a challenging time, but with effort and enthusiasm, I believe we will be able to produce exciting work together. I am looking forward to playing a small part in this company’s ongoing evolution and continued success.

Michael’s Artist Bio






Andrea Rodall



Soprano Andrea Rodall completed her Masters in Music Performance at UVIC in 2017 and has her BMUS in Vocal Performance from the University of Calgary.

Past concert engagements include Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah. Most recently she appeared as Musetta in Opera Nanaimo’s La Boheme, as well as other island performances including Amina in The Sleepwalker (an English version of Bellini’s La Sonnombula), Flora in La Traviata, and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Andrea has also appeared in musicals, singing the roles Maria in The Sound of Music and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. Andrea has also sung in the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus and the Vancouver Island Opera Chorus.

Residing in Duncan, Andrea runs her own music studio, Joy of Music, where she teaches voice and piano lessons. She also spent numerous years as Music Director and board member for Chalkboard Theatre in Duncan.



Elise Boulanger

Board Advisor


Elise has been in the performing arts for over 20 years. Her background is in classical, opera, choral, indie, pop, jazz and musical theatre. Her vocal abilities are vast and she is an adaptable performer who has done session work with the likes of Glen Foster, Shakes and iNTRiKet.

Over the past few years she has focused on her self-titled Chamber-Folk-Pop Elise Boulanger. Prior to that she co-directed Baroque-Pop band The Blooming and Electro-Swing band Île Magique. She loves working with electronic producers and studying global music.

In 2017 she received a full-ride scholarship to do a sound production and cultural tourism internship in Hopkins, Belize with Lebeha Drumming School and has also studied Arabic music in Morocco. Her formative years consisted of numerous musical theatre productions and dance training ranging from ballet, jazz, acro, tap, and Irish dancing. Elise continues to thrive in creative environments that stretch her artistic capabilities while also supporting municipalities in the implementation of music policy.